Molecular Medicine PhD Program Curriculum

First Year

Credits

 

Fall

Spring

Tools for Research (MMED 402)

2

 

Research Rotations (MMED 400)*

0

 

Student Seminar Series (MMED 504)

1

 

Human Physiology and Disease (MMED 410)

4

Cell Biology (MMED 415)

2

 

Research Rotations (MMED 400)

0

Student Seminar Series (MMED 504)

 

1

Metabolism and Intro to Pharmacology (MMED 412)

2

Nucleic Acids, Gene Expression & Regulation (MMED 413)

 

2

Host Defense: Infection & Immunity (MMED 416)

2

Mammalian Genetics, Genomics, & Bioinformatics (MMED 414)

 

2

Year Total:

9

9

Second Year

Credits

Fall

Spring

Principles of Clinical and Translational Research (MMED 501)

4

 

Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease (MMED 521)

3

 

Pre-Candidacy Thesis Research (MMED 601)+

min. 2
(full time)

Clinical Experience (MMED 612)

 

2

Advanced Electives**

varies

Pre-Candidacy Thesis Research (MMED 601)

 

(full time)

Year Total:

9

9

Third Year

Fall and Spring Semester Credits

Advanced Elective (if necessary)

 

Approved by Thesis Committee**

Varies

Dissertation Research**
(MMED 701)

Min. 1, more as needed (but 1 is still full time) Need 18 Total

Fourth Year and Beyond

Fall and Spring Semester Credits

Dissertation Research (MMED 701)

1

Total Credits of 701 for Years 3 and beyond

18

Total Credits in Sequence:

* Starts in July

** Credits Vary

+ Credits may vary to yield 9 credits per semester

 

Year 1
Summer Semester 1 Semester 2
Critical Tools for Research Introduction to Human Physiology and Disease Core Course I: 1) Cell Biology
2) Metabolism and Introduction to the Principles of Pharmacology

(2 consecutive courses 6-week sessions)
Core Course II: 4) Nucleic Acids, Gene Expression, and Gene Regulation
5) Mammalian Genetics
6) Host Defense: Infection and Immunity (3 consecutive 6-week sessions)
Molecular Medicine Frontiers/Journal Club Molecular Medicine Frontiers/Journal Club Molecular Medicine Frontiers /Journal Club  
Laboratory Rotation Laboratory Rotation Laboratory Rotation. Choose thesis lab by end of semester 2
  Student Seminar Series (Students present every Friday) Student Seminar Series (Students present every Friday)
Year 2
Summer Semester 1 Semester 2
Principles of Clinical and Translational Research Elective Coursework Elective Coursework  
Thesis Committee assembled and Clinical Mentor chosen Clinical Experience Qualifying Exam
  Student led journal club Student led journal club
Thesis Research Thesis Research Thesis Research  
  Student Seminar Series (Students present every Friday) Student Seminar Series (Students present every Friday)
Years 3-5
     
Department Seminar Series
Thesis Research
Student Seminar Series (Students present every Friday)
Ph.D. Thesis and Defense